Busy weekend here! I'm working on a couple of posts, one of which is a closer look at the 5000 calorie/day stunt by Sam Feltham as that provides a context in which to discuss some common CICO strawmen. But a comment came across the feed reader yesterday that caught my eye with a few more thoughts in the vein of my first Fast or Feltham post.
I'm not going to say much more about Feltham here except to say that his experiment was basically "nuts". The majority of his calories (53%) were from walnuts, pecans and almonds, to the tune of a pound a day, containing more than the entire claimed caloric surplus, and almost the full claimed surplus in nut fat calories. This was a stunt that demonstrated nothing other than that Feltham likely doesn't digest nuts well, and is using this to promote a rip-off of Jonathan Bailor's clogged sink scam. But stunts like this bring the calorie deniers out of the woodwork as various folks will be like "did you see this?" and link to various other overeating stunts of years gone by. LCHF is being sold, still, as a diet where calories don't matter, "overeating" is inane, and you can eat thousands of calories more and not gain weight.
Only an entitled populace considers this to be a plus, please think about that. Not only do those of the paleo bent push expensive versions of approved foods, but you'll have to eat more of them to get your nutrition! And, you'll be needing their supplements either to convert to this way of eating and/or to deal with the nitty health issues that crop up as time goes by, that are never blamed on the obvious current diet. It's a big selling point for those desperate to lose weight, but it's even more vapid than some of the evolutionary claims out there because it makes no sense that humans evolved to consume inefficient calories ...
Still, amid these promises, we again have the exact opposite going on in reality. And for some reason, not only are those in need of losing weight following suit, but others as well. I'm talking about Jimmy Moore's version of what I call NuttyK. He may currently be fooling folks that he's spontaneously fasting 18-24 hours between fat bombs, but he is eating fewer calories as a result and that is why he has lost weight. There is absolutely no evidence that this diet is healthier than regular Atkins or even the SAD. The Inuit are the closest thing they have, but unless you are eating a diet of seal meat/fat in that harsh environment, you're playing a game of dietary Russian roulette here. So for some strange reason Jimmy's wife is doing her own NuttyK experiment and so many others have followed suit.
What we learn from the first week's report is that Christine is weight stable on roughly 1500 cal/day. Her version of NuttyK is decidedly lower in fat (50 to 60% range) and fairly high in protein (20-40% range, varied quite a bit day to day) and higher in carb (10 to 20%). So hopefully she'll avoid the negative consequences Neely Quinn experienced. I note that she gained 1.4 lbs before losing it during the week ... how can that be?
Here's the comment that caught my eye:
She was losing slowly last time I came across her, on fairly low calorie levels. There are more. Many, many more. The promise of eating more calories or food on low carb is an empty one, and the current trend of restricting not only carbs but also protein is a dangerous one. There is NO evidence for this diet. It does not exist. The Inuit aren't eating 80% fat to begin with, and the fat they do eat is nothing like the dairy fat pervading the fat fast concoctions. Ketosis is generally not compatible with menstrual regularity. Speaking of that, I know my critics think I have no business talking about ketosis because I've never done it "properly". Nonsense. Firstly, Christine's menus indicate she's in ketosis, and I had experimented with various versions of LC including high fat. I am not alone in the high fat not being something that worked for me despite peeing deep purple. But there is nobody anywhere, no human culture, paleolithic to modern, that has eaten like this even for short periods. The claims that it is healthy are unfounded. Ladies, please EAT YOUR PROTEIN. You don't have to eat high protein, but especially if you are around menopausal age or past it, you need protein. And younger ladies? Have your bone density checked now and keep an eye on it. If you lose bone you will have a hard time getting it back and you won't know it until it's too late unless you are "lucky" enough to suffer a fracture.
So I will shine a light on this in hopes that those who encounter problems realize they are not only not alone, but likely in the majority. This is NOT about health, it is about weight loss at any cost for Mr. Moore. He is not healthy despite his claims. He has kidneys that are at the very least somewhat dysfunctional based on protein and crystals in his urine and the pH. Despite a robust supplement regime, he is deficient in various minerals if his hair analysis is to be believed. He requires berberine to regulate his blood glucose and melatonin to sleep properly. His LDL remains out of control no matter the book he has written in which he will try yet again to convince himself otherwise. Such books and blogs and the experts he chooses to have on his podcasts all sidestep any accountability. There's the disclaimer.
So while Feltham seems to be the latest version of Bailor's rehash of eat more move less and CICO is all bass ackwards, the harsh reality is that low carb dieting is an exercise in extremity these days. Will Jimmy be able to sustain his current diet? Who knows. The better question is should he, but now any cautions about fat fasting are not to be found in that realm. He has convinced his normal wife to try yet another potentially health compromising diet to what end? I cannot say this often enough: THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT CHRONIC KETOSIS IS HEALTHY LET ALONE SAFE. The uber high fat diet used to treat epilepsy is a therapeutic intervention not without its negative side effects. Adult human beings are "wired" to avoid ketosis.
And it is just downright criminal to promote a diet based on promises of limitless calories and the impossibility of weight gain when so many of the long time low carbers are engaging in all manner of calorie restriction after all .... painting themselves in a smaller and smaller corner still.